Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis‘ shoes were a part of her lengthy stand in the state earlier this month, with the pink athletic sneakers enabling her to stand for half a whole day an iconic filibuster symbol for fans.
And now, Wendy Davis’ shoes are getting more attention in the form of an Amazon reviews frenzy, an internet practice in which an item is blitzed with funny “product feedback” meant to make a different point entirely.
We’ve seen it with the “tactical banana slicer,” as well as Bic’s lady pen, and now the Mizuno Women’s Wave Rider 16 Running Shoe has achieved Amazon infamy — with 170+ reviews and a four and a half star rating.
Wisecracking fans make reference to Wendy Davis’ shoes in the spate of reviews, and a review titled “These shoes (and a woman’s body) have a way of shutting the whole thing down” reads:
“An essential tool for running down the clock in a state 773 miles wide and 790 miles long! These shoes are perfect for those days when you must spend 13+ hours standing, not lean on your desk or take any breaks – even for meals or to use the bathroom. The snazzy hot pink color brings out your inner badassness and helps you to ‘humbly give voice to thousands of Texans’ and stop a ‘raw abuse of power’ in its tracks. Raise a feminist army and lead the charge when your competitors cheat and change the rules on you. These Mizuno’s are built to protect your feet from mudslinging and add sunshine to the political process. Highly recommended for fierce women and anyone who’s not a Greedy Old Pr*ck (GOP).”
Another reviewer quips:
“Most importantly, even if you wear these gems without sox for three days straight, they still smell better than a republican Lt Governor who tries to push a law through past midnight, which is absolutely and completely illegal. Yea, pretty stinky I know.”
“The next time you have to spend 13 hours on your feet without food, water or bathroom breaks, this is the shoe for you. Guaranteed to outrun patriarchy on race day.”
“Every time I would try to take them off, a man would show up out of nowhere and tell me that if I didn’t want them I shouldn’t have put them on in the first place. When I tried to explain they were forced upon me he would say if they were legitimately forced on me, my body would have rejected them. And if that was the case, i should have taken them off sooner. Luckily I had the means to leave the state. At which point I could finally take those shoes off.”
“If you live in North Dakota, make sure you purchase these within the first six weeks of your running program or you will be prohibited from purchasing them. It’s for the safety of the shoes.”
You can read all 171 and counting Amazon reviews of Wendy Davis’ shoes over on the retailer’s product page.